Murphy had wandered the enchanted woods for who knew how long. It felt like time was moving differently there, and it was sometimes hard to keep things straight. She kept trying to get to the tower, but every time she seemed to be heading in the right direction she suddenly found herself as far away as ever.
Because magic was at work-most likely faerie magic-Murphy would bet her badge that she was going around in circles. That or the forest was moving on her. It didn't really matter which because each had the same infuriating result.
She finally came upon a clearing that was lit from golden rays from above. It was only then that she realized how dark the rest of the forest seemed in comparison. In fact, the sunlight streaming down on the clearing served to highlight the large stone in the middle of the clearing.
Or more appropriately, the delicate blade encased in the stone.
"You have got to be kidding me," Murphy muttered.
She knew that sword. Fidelacchius, the Sword of Faith, had been offered to her before. She still remembered the way it had lit up when she'd touched it. Still remembered Dresden explaining that it was a job offer.
It wasn't that she didn't have faith. It was just that she'd already had a job back in Chicago and she didn't think she could handle being a police officer and a Knight of the Cross.
It might also have been because she wasn't sure if she was the right person to wield it.
And yet, here it was.
"This isn't even the right sword, assholes," Murphy muttered.
In fact, Harry had told her once or twice that Michael's sword, Amoracchius, was rumored to be the Excalibur. I.E. the original sword in the stone.
All the same, the hilt of the katana sat there above the stone, almost waiting for her.
She approached it cautiously and eyed the sword and its stone warily.
Finally, after a long moment of deliberation, she reached for it. If it would help Harry, she would take it up.
Hell, if it would help the situation down here, she was pretty sure she was honorbound to take it up, at least for the duration of their time here.
The light from the sword put the sunlight streaming down on the clearing to shame.